On nights like this , the trials and tribulations of your football team are irrelevant. Tonight I went to Rayners Lane FC to watch a Middlesex FA Premier Cup 2nd round tie between St Panteleimon and Cockfosters reserves. Nothing untoward happened in the first half with the Saints two nil up. Second half Cockfosters were the better team and if I'm honest I was troubled by the Saints performance , something was amiss and a goal by Cockfosters would have made it a nervy finish to the game. I was stood by the Saints dugout with the regular Saints supporters when I noticed Saints manager George take a call on his mobile phone. I said to my mates 'that's weird taking a call during a match' . The next minute everyone present will never forget the noise emanating from George's mouth as he collapsed on the side of the pitch. The game was stopped by the official as players ran to their manager. One of the Saints players had phoned earlier to say he was running late as he was stuck in traffic. He still hadn't shown up with about 15 minutes to go. The phone call was from a former Saints player who was with ' Thiago' on his way to the game and who had been killed in an accident, crushed to death by a lorry. After about 3 or 4 minutes of discussions with both teams it was agreed the game would be abandoned. As you can imagine all the Saints players were in bits. It will now be up to the Middlesex FA to decide what happens with the tie. But to be honest I really don't care after tonight. All the Saints players didn't hang around in the clubhouse after which was understandable. On Saturday top of the table Saints are due to host second placed Winslow United. Not sure if it will still be on but like I said, it doesn't matter. Tonight it's all about Thiago and his family and team mates.
Btw : That's the polite version. In todays match programme there's an article on the recent online poll to find the best QPR XI from the past decade. Apparently Richard Dunne 'was affectionately dubbed the DUNNEY MONSTER by QPR fans'.